July 18, 2011 (Inverness, Nova Scotia, Canada) – Nova Scotia’s Cabot Links Golf Course will open for preview play on July 23, 2011, on the West coast of Cape Breton (the island portion of the province) with live Celtic music and fireworks.

Guests will play the first ten completed holes in advance of the course’s official opening in the spring of 2012. This fantastic oceanfront course is the newest project by builder Mike Keiser of Oregon’s Bandon Dunes fame. Designed by Canadian architect Rod Whitman, the new course runs along the coastal dunes between the community of Inverness and the sea.  The course’s co-developer and its managing partner is Ben Cowan-Dewar, founder of one of Canada’s top golf travel companies.

Cabot Links offers golfers a unique and challenging links golf experience, as players move naturally across open land and along the shore of a course which ‘links’ the land to the sea. This walking-only course allows golfers to see a natural landscape which connects a historic town with breathtaking views of the coast. Six holes lie directly adjacent to the ocean and all provide seaside views. During this season of preview play, Cabot Links will offer special rates for ten and twenty holes of play.

Traditional caddy service will be offered with trained personnel to carry the bag, clean balls, rake sand traps and support the golfer with advice on shot selection, based on their knowledge of the prevailing winds and local conditions. All Cabot Links caddies were trained under the direction of Cabot Links Director of Golf, Joe Robinson, a true gentleman of the game. Robinson is the long-time former head professional at Nova Scotia’s Highlands Links, perennially ranked as one of Canada’s top public courses.

Cabot Links’ clubhouse, with its prominent seaside view, will also open on July 23rd. Chefs John Haines and Tracey Wallace look forward to meeting the needs of hungry golfers with world class food and service. Planning is well under way for Cabot Links’ accommodations, which will be ready for the 2012 official opening. In the meantime, local providers look forward to hosting golfers.

For adventure off the course, guests may enjoy walking the many miles of Inverness Beach, which features the warmest water north of the Carolinas. There are also scenic walking paths and hiking trails across Cape Breton Island. Guests will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in local Celtic culture and Gaelic song and dance at local venues, restaurants and pubs.

The nearest private airport is fifty miles from Inverness, in the town of Port Hawkesbury. Sydney Airport, in the largest centre on the island, is under two hours drive and Halifax, the capital of Nova Scotia, is just over three hours drive from Cabot Links.